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Adding repositories

This is a very basic guideline for installing repositories. Repository is a place where a particular software is kept or maintained. Ubuntu Software Center has loads of softwares for nearly every imaginable use. However you might still need to install additional ones. For those softwares you need to install/add repositories. Repositories are also installed to stay up to date with the very latest versions of softwares.

There are two ways of adding repositories. The graphic (GUI) way and the terminal (CLI) way. I’ll discuss both here one after the other.

GUI (Graphic user interface aka graphic method):

Go to System > Administration > Software Sources

Click on the Other Software tab and then click Add.

Then simply type or copy paste the repository you want to add and thats it.

CLI (Command line interface aka terminal method):

Open the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and then type the following:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

A new window will open up and there simple copy paste the repository you want to add. Remember that you need to enter the repository name in a separate line or a new line. Hence press Enter from your keyboard before pasting/adding the repository.

Remember to save the file before you exit.

There’s another CLI method as well, its a more direct approach.

Go to the Terminal and type out the direct command to add the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:name of repository

eg. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pcf/miro-releases (installs the official repository for the software Miro)

Tip: Always make sure you update your repositories after adding them. To update your repositories, go to System > Administration > Update Manager and click on Check.

Alternatively, you can go to the Terminal and type sudo apt-get update

Thereafter you can install the software from the Ubuntu Software Center itself or from the Terminal as the case may be (read instructions for that particular software in its documentation or FAQ section).

Thats was all about adding repositories in Ubuntu.




Sysinfo is a small light-weight software which will give you information about the hardware as well as the OS installed on your PC. Its a very useful tool if you’re not sure about the exact configuration of your computer.

How to install:

Go to Ubuntu Software Center and search for Sysinfo. Simply install it from there.


Go to the Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install sysinfo




Miro is a HD video player, cum podcast manager cum torrent client. It can play every kind of podcast, videos, HD shows, etc. Its very easy to use and the interface is simple gorgeous! Plus to top it all, it has all your favourtie shows, be it The Simpsons, TED Talk, Earth Touch HD, HBO Films, etc. etc. To take a look at whats on offer in Miro, click here:

Given below is a screenshot of Miro in use:

The version of Miro in the repositories of Ubuntu is a dated one. But its very much functional and bug free. So if you want you can install it from the Ubuntu Software Center.

But if you want the very latest version, you will have to install the software repo for Miro. Its very easy to do so.

How to install :

Go to System > Administration > Software Sources

Now click on the “Other Software” tab and then “Add” the following line (whichever is applicable):

Karmic (Ubuntu 9.10)

deb karmic/

Mind you this is for Ubuntu 9.10. If you’re using some other version of Ubuntu, see below:

Jaunty (9.04):

deb jaunty/

Intrepid (8.10): (amd64 or i386)

Note: Miro 2.5.4 is the last release supported on Intrepid.

deb intrepid/

Hardy LTS (8.04): (amd64 or i386)

Note: Miro 2.5.4 is the last release supported on Hardy.

deb hardy/

After that, simply close and reload the repositories. Now that the repositories are updated, you can install Miro from the Ubuntu software CEnter itself and get the very latest version.

Or you can use the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install miro



gPodder – podcast client

Thanks to popey’s blog, I checked out gPodder today. Its basically a podcast client, much like Miro.

The interface is user friendly and fairly simple. You should have absolutely no difficulty in figuring out the functions etc. the most interesting bit is that gPodder allows you to sync your feeds to your account which you can create on the and sync feeds to any other device as well. The list of available podcast streams/feeds is fairly exhaustive. However I would be lying if I said the feeds work perfectly. I couldnt get the Ubuntu UK Podcast feed to work although the same worked perfectly on Miro.

Here’s a screenshot of gPodder:

I am pretty impressed with this piece of software. But if there’s a choice between Miro and gPodder, I would obviously choose the former.

How to install gPodder :

Its available in the Ubuntu repos and you can install it from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Alternatively you can add the repository for gPodder by typing the following in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thp/gpodder

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gpodder

To launch gPodder go to Sound and Video > gPodder Podcast Client.



Avant Windows Navigator (installation and themes)

I presume most of you already use it, if not its pretty easy to install. Avant Windows Navigator (AWN) is a dock application (similar to the Mac dock) which happens to be the stablest dock I have tried. (The other popular docks include Cairo-Dock and GNOME Do, these are available from the Ubuntu Software Center)

Go to GNOME Menu > Ubuntu Software Center, there search for AWN, install it. To start using it go to GNOME Menu > Accessories > Avant Windows Navigator.

Now theme-ing the AWN is as important as getting it installed. Here are some themes (official AWN themes): AWN Themes

Download the ones you like. It will be in .tgz format. Now to install the theme, open the AWN Manager (it should be located on the dock itself) and then click on the ‘Themes’ tab. Click on the ‘Add’ icon and then locate that .tgz file you downloaded. It will be installed. Now to apply the theme and click ‘Apply’. The following screenshot should explain things:

Thats it!



Nexuiz beta screenshot - uploaded from http://...
Image via Wikipedia

If you’re using Linux, you might feel a bit uncomfy whenever your friends tease you about Linux not having any proper games. There’s no 3D first person shooter game etc etc. Well, next time you meet such people, tell them you came across Nexuiz.

Nexuiz is a first person shooter game which is much like Quake. It has both single player and multiplayer versions. The game-play is smooth and perhaps more importantly the game itself is very ‘light’, absolutely nothing special is required in terms of processing power and graphics capability to enjoy this game.

Its available from the Synaptic as well as the Ubuntu Software Center (I would prefer to use the latter). Type ‘nexuiz’ in the search bar of Ubuntu Software Center. And install it. This image will demonstrate it.

Mind you the installation can take some time, on a 256kbps connection it took me about 4-5 hours. The link to the official site of Nexuiz is here. Also, do note the Ubuntu software repos might not update itself as soon as Nexuiz releases a new version. So, do check out the download page of the site here for the very latest updates (if you’re playing in the Multiplayer mode, the latest updates are necessary).

Try it out! You wont be disappointed.



Shutter – Screenshot Tool

The default Ubuntu screenshot software isnt really something spectacular. Also, it really doesnt have many options. For example, if you want the screenshot of just a window and not of the entire desktop, you’d be pretty much stuck if you were using the default screenshot app, as you would have to use some image editing software like GIMP to modify the screenshot to suit your needs.

No more… Say hello to Shutter! The perfect screenshot tool. Lets you take screenshots of windows, notifications (and even panels!). Has loads of options and is really useful.

This is how you install it:

Go to Ubuntu Software Center from your GNOME menu and search for ‘Shutter’, follow the links and install it! Like so:

Alternate method for users who prefer to use the terminal:

Type the following in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install shutter

And after the installation, you’ll find Shutter installed in the ‘Accessories’ section of the GNOME menu.

Screenshots taken by Shutter can be found here.

Thats it! 🙂


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